Art of the Solstice prep

Dean postcard frontThis Sunday is the second Art of the Solstice group show featuring work by NIA! For months, we’ve all been producing new work. By coincidence (or perhaps due to mutual inspiration left over from December’s show), we have all been exploring new mediums or subjects. Terrie, primarily an oil painter, will be showing some acrylic pieces. Christina, primarily a portrait artist, will be showing some scenes involving multiple figures. Natalie, primarily a pen-and-ink drawer, will be showing some full-color gouache work.Mother and Son

At the last show, I exhibited primarily cut-outs. This time around, my work will include drawings, linocut prints, and a mixed media piece. At right, you see a linocut print painted over with gouache. This approach was a major discovery, because the result is more in line with my modern aesthetic than my traditional paintings.

In December, I sold t-shirts in addition to the cut-outs. This time, I have expanded my products by creating prayer candles and holy cards bearing the image of Our Mother of Mercy. On the back of these items, I have included an ancient prayer that I translated from Latin. As he did last year, Jerry will be enhancing my display area with his rosaries.

holy cards

Mary candles








A Child's Gaze

Mary corrugate framed

Immaculate Heart matted

Sacred Heart (Op Art)








Holy Mother and Child collage

I hope all of you in Chicagoland can join us! There will be complimentary champagne, coffee and iced tea, as well as light appetizers. Parking meters are free on Sundays, or there is a pay-lot located at Ashland and Wolcott. If you’re taking public transportation, use the #9 or #66 bus. ChiPRC is located at 858 N Ashland, which is just north of Chicago Ave.

About 1/3 of the pieces for the show!

About 1/3 of the pieces for the show!

One thought on “Art of the Solstice prep

  1. Congrats on producing such a strong body of work for the new exhibition Dean. I’ve been following progress online and it’s great now to see some of the pieces grouped together, they look great. I do love the colour, it’s adds another element to the emotional impact of the work and you’ve done a grand job with the framing, really enhances the images. All the very best to all the artists for the Art of the Solstice show :-)

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